A new exhibition, commissioned by the Royal Academy to accompany its blockbuster Rubens and His Legacy show, will illustrate how contemporary artists have been influenced by Rubens' nudes.
Curated by Jenny Saville, a British artist and Royal Academician best known for her large-scale oil paintings of female figures, La Peregrina is a personal and contemporary response to Rubens and His Legacy. It is the first time the Academy has commissioned a “response” to a major show in this way.
For La Peregrina, Saville has chosen a selection of works by major 20th and 21st century artists. As well as paintings by Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Sarah Lucas, Lucian Freud and others, you can look forward to seeing extraordinary new work created by Saville especially for this occasion.
Saville, who is said to take influence from her “deep fascination” with the “palpability of flesh, extremities of anatomy and the grotesque”, said of her exhibition: “Whether you think you like Rubens or not, his influence runs through the pathways of paintings. Like Warhol, he changed the game of art.”
La Peregrina will be on show at the Royal Academy from January to April 2015.
Image: Francis Bacon, Sleeping Figure, 1959. Oil on canvas. 119.5 x 152.5 cm. Private collection. © The Estate of Francis Bacon.